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Building AAC Facilitation Skills with Tabi Jones-Wohleber: MASTER PAL Training, Module 10 (Appropriate Prompting)

October 25, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts

Building AAC Facilitation Skills with Tabi Jones-Wohleber: MASTER PAL Training, Module 10 (Appropriate Prompting)

The right types of prompts delivered at the right time in the right amount can be enormously powerful in supporting AAC learners. On the other hand, the wrong type of prompt or prompts that offer too much or too little help can impede learning, self-confidence, and cause other problems as well. In today’s continuation of the Model as a MASTER PAL Training Series, Tabi Jones-Wohleber addresses issues related to prompting. As with the other modules, she provides slides, handouts, video links, discussion points and more. This module should take about 30-40 minutes to present. Looking for the earlier modules in the MASTER PAL Series? Check them out here. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Model as a MASTER PAL Module 10: Appropriate Prompting Facilitator Guidelines What it comes to prompting, it’s important to get it right! Inappropriate prompting can result in decreased quality interactions characterized by prompt dependence, passive engagement, and of course poor use of... [Read More...]

Video of the Week: When Helping Isn’t Helping-Prompt Awareness in AAC Instruction

July 26, 2017 by - Leave your thoughts

Video of the Week: When Helping Isn’t Helping-Prompt Awareness in AAC Instruction

Learning to communicate with AAC can be a long road with plenty of twists and turns. In most cases, AAC learners require support and that may include various forms of prompting. In today’s video, we feature a presentation from the AAC in the Cloud Conference that CoughDrop hosted last month. In this video, SLP Rachael Langley, shares her thoughts on prompting, where we go wrong, and how we can use it to better support AAC learners. Many thanks to CoughDrop and to Rachael Langley for making this presentation available.     Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2mtuhVa0WA&index=3&list=PL8oiM_hsU8kYofdlpC4vcYX49yuBZvv9v  

Reducing Prompt Dependence in AAC Learners: 5 Things to Try

January 26, 2017 by - 3 Comments

Reducing Prompt Dependence in AAC Learners: 5 Things to Try

“He knows what to do. He just doesn’t do it.” “He’s prompt-dependent. How can I get him to use AAC on his own?” “I love his strong-willed nature, but it works against him sometimes. He doesn’t initiate.” If any of these remarks sound familiar, it may be time to think about alternative approaches to build independent communication. Here are a few things to try with AAC users who’ve learned to wait for support before communicating. Exaggerate the pause time: Many of our AAC learners need at least 5 seconds of pause time after a communication opportunity presents itself. This helps them process the experience, organize their thoughts, decide on a response, and then begin to execute that response. Sometimes, though, we work with people who’ve learned that if they just wait, the communication partner will start to help (whether or not they need it). We can sometimes nudge the learner... [Read More...]

5 Things to Consider About Prompts in Teaching AAC

September 16, 2013 by - 2 Comments

When you’re learning something new, it’s likely that you’ll need some help along the way. The same is true for our AAC learners. Here are some of the things we’ve been thinking about lately regarding prompts and cues. 1. Sometimes, actually MANY times, a ‘perfect pause’ is all that’s needed. Stop the action, look expectantly at the learner, and wait quietly. How long? It depends on the individual and the situation, but 10 or 15 seconds is in the ballpark for most AAC learners. 2. It’s important to consider both the type of prompt (e,g., gestural, verbal, physical) and how much information that prompt provides to the learner. We hear lots of SLPs say that they prefer verbal prompts because they are less helpful than, say a physical prompt, and, thus, require more from learner. Not always. Here’s an example:  “Jason, tell me, ‘More milk.’” Vs. Gesturing over the message... [Read More...]

AAC Fair Testing Practices: Test Administration Procedures

November 4, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts

AAC Fair Testing Practices: Test Administration Procedures

Without a thoughtful assessment plan in place, people who use AAC may be at a disadvantage when taking tests. Fatigue, excessive anxiety, comprehension difficulties, motor challenges, limited access to robust language, and other factors may make it difficult for them to demonstrate what they know. Today, we continue our series on AAC Fair Testing Practices with a discussion of test administration practices. In formal testing, any changes to testing procedures invalidate the use of normative data. If we modify the directions or response options provided to an AAC user, we can’t compare their scores to the scores of individuals who took the test without any modifications. That means we aren’t pouring through the tables at the back of the test manual to find age or grade equivalency scores.  Still, we have to be thoughtful in when and how to make adjustments to testing practices. In this post, we consider two... [Read More...]

AAC in Secondary School: Using Games to Support AAC Learning for Older Students

September 13, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts

AAC in Secondary School: Using Games to Support AAC Learning for Older Students

Looking for activities that will help in teaching older students to be effective communicators with AAC? AAC SLP Ashley Larisey is back with us to share another post in the AAC in Secondary School series. Ashley is an SLP at Community High School District 218 in Oak Lawn, Illinois. She is also an Adjunct Clinical Supervisor and Instructor at Saint Xavier University. In today’s post, she shares ideas and resources for using games to support AAC learning by high school students. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Using Games to Support AAC Learning for Older Students It’s no secret that using games is a great way to increase student engagement. Games provide opportunities for language and literacy learning, personal enjoyment, social connectedness, and laughter. Games can be used to target communicative functions like requesting (I want the green piece), commenting (No way!, Me too, Get out of here!), rejecting/refusing (Not that one, Don’t like, Don’t... [Read More...]

Video of the Week: MASTER PAL Modules 7, 10, & 11

July 28, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts

Video of the Week: MASTER PAL Modules 7, 10, & 11

Tabi Wohleber-Jones’ ‘Model as a MASTER PAL’ materials for AAC partner training has a devoted fan base, and with good reason. The content is well-developed and thoughtfully assembled into a training series. In previous posts, we’ve shared videos that other AAC content creators developed based on Tabi’s work.  Today, we return to hear more from AAC specialists Jeanna Antrim and Maggie Judson, who combine some of the original modules and add their ideas to this fine material.   Many thanks to Jeanna, Maggie, and, of course, Tabi, for generously sharing your work on training communication partners. Enjoy! Appropriate Prompting and Let the Child Lead Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUNdcSY9CVk&list=PLNGgQuCbUIxnho9N7hB0pCT9kv3XKqp5c&index=8&ab_channel=basscAAC   Engage Naturally Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHwdkNIY5RY&list=PLNGgQuCbUIxnho9N7hB0pCT9kv3XKqp5c&index=9&ab_channel=basscAAC

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #15: April 2021

April 11, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #15: April 2021

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. Here are some posts from our prAACtical week. Monday: AAC in Secondary School: 5 AACtionable Steps to Support the Transition Process Tuesday: AAC Link Up Wednesday: Video of the Week: Use It Tomorrow Tools for Data Collection in AAC Thursday: Growing AAC Professionals: Introducing Middle School Students to AAC Through Project HOPE ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Have time for a little more browsing? Check out these past posts. When Helping Isn’t Helping-Prompt Awareness in AAC Instruction Administratively Speaking: 5 Considerations for Recruiting and Retaining AAC SLPs AAC In the Classroom: Considerations for Modeling Core Vocabulary How I Do It: A Year of Core Word in Action AAC in the High School Classroom: Where Core Vocabulary Meets Life Skills

AAC in Secondary School: Using Surveys to Support Language Learning

March 8, 2021 by - 1 Comment

AAC in Secondary School: Using Surveys to Support Language Learning

It’s a great day to explore ways to support AAC use, and today AAC SLP Ashley Larisey joins us with some activity suggestions and lots of implementation tips.  Ashley is an SLP at Community High School District 218 in Oak Lawn, Illinois. She is also an Adjunct Clinical Supervisor and Instructor at Saint Xavier University. This post, part of the AAC in Secondary School series, focuses on the use of language experience surveys with students who are learning to use AAC. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Surveys Surveys can be used within almost any classroom activity to provide students with opportunities to communicate with both familiar and non-familiar listeners. Questions that are used for the survey can be used to gather more information about a topic that guides decision-making. Surveys can be embedded into academic, social, vocational, and community-based instruction. Take a look at some examples of how to use surveys in your classroom... [Read More...]

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #3: January 2021

January 17, 2021 by - Leave your thoughts

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #3: January 2021

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. If you enjoy talking about academics, language intervention, and AAC, I invite you to join me for “Bridging the Gap: Addressing the Academic Difficulties of  Students Who Successfully Use AAC” with Dr. Gloria Soto & AAC Master Clinician Gail Van Tatenhove (more information at https://bit.ly/3qrnQp8). We also have some posts that may be of interest. Take a look. Monday – AACtual Therapy: Using Talking Mats to Support People with Complex Communication Needs Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: AAC Evaluations Thursday – PrAACtically Martin Luther King, Jr Day :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Still have an appetite for some AAC reading? These posts from the archives may be of interest. Reducing Prompt Dependence in AAC Learners: 5 Things to Try When Helping Isn’t Helping: Prompt Awareness in AAC Instruction 5 Things to Consider About Prompts in Teaching AAC Creating AAC Implementation Plans Using AAC to Repair Communication... [Read More...]